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North Norfolk 2001         Sunday 13 May 2001

                                               

North Norfolk and Happisburgh Index

 

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Trimingham

 

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The building land at Trimingham, shown in the 1996 photos. This looks back towards the road and is the last place where you could stand without disappearing into the blue .. see next photo!

 

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Looking the other way from the above photo, a cliff slump  has eaten out a gully with fresh falls to the beach far below.

 

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At the north-west end of Trimingham was a 1996 photo of building land, complete with access turnings from the main road. Today the same view (I think!) back towards the village, but fully developed .. on the right side of the red line on our SCAA maps!

 

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Looking the other way, towards Overstrand, the building continues, with open countryside, and presumably the cliff-top, showing between the houses.

 

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Overstrand

 

 

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The Overstrand slump does not seem to have mellowed. On the contrary the drainage features stand out much more than in the 1996 photograph. Perhaps remedial work has been necessary here, as the surface would surely have been totally vegetated by now.

 

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This drainage channel is concrete and leads to the Overstrand sea defences access road. This was certainly not apparent in 1996.

 

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The toe of the landslip, now heavily reinforced by boulder rip-rap.

 

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Fresh cliff exposure viewed from the access road to Overstrand promenade.

 

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The fresh slide from the coast path above. This view has, actually, changed little since 1996. The path itself has suffered a fall and the fresh material is visible; dire warnings are issues before this section of path!

 

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A huge block of displaced chalk, common towards the north-west beyond Cromer, but showing up well at Overstrand.

 

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Fresh cliff and drainage channel behind the promenade at Overstrand.

 

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Detail of the revetments at Overstrand; taken from the access road. Note the rip-rap behind the revetment, making for a stretch of coastline which is hardly tourist-friendly!

 

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Revetments stretching towards the south-east from the bottom of the access road at Overstrand.

 

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A detail of the above.

 

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New defences on the promenade, in this case concrete-filled piling. 

 

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Very mobile material has slipped down on to the promenade, still oozing water. Gabions built on this retaining wall can be seen in the background, and are the feature of the next two photographs.

 

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Gabions of heavy cobbles have been installed behind stout timber frames. The hillside has flowed seamlessly onto the gabions, confirming its mobility and the need for the gabions.

 

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Older, wire-rusted gabions at the bottom of the pedestrian access to the promenade in Overstrand.

 

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Looking back from the end of the promenade towards the south-east. The tiered ranks of gabions show up, as do the groynes, recurved sea wall contours and the slumping hillslope.

 

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From the end of the promenade towards Cromer, whose pier can be seen. This wild scene is full of the elements of the battle being played out that morning. A strong sea had been driven by several days of north-easterly winds, and was quite energetic. The revetments were taking punishment from waves which were dissolving into spray as they crashed into the defences, whilst the beach and cliffs behind were showing the scars of this and many other encounters.

 

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A wide shot of the above. Note the rip-rap defences in the foreground.. and the slumping cliffs.

 

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North Norfolk Trimingham Overstrand coasts beaches loss defences groynes revetments landslips erosion gabions rip rap settlement

 

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